We had a great first full week of school this week, highlighted by harvesting squash in the Hatch Patch on Thursday afternoon!
A few updates from the classroom:
We completed the MAP Math and ELA test this week. Make ups for those who were absent or did not quite get a chance to finish will be next week.
In math, we are learning about different ways to express numbers (unit form, standard form, expanded form and word form). Next week, we will be working on using our place value knowledge to compare large numbers and learn how to round large numbers. Students also started working on Zearn on their IPads (an online tool that provides extra practice tied to the Eureka math lessons). Next week, students will be also working in Khan Academy Mappers which will help students master skills according to their MAP RIT band.
In reading, students are doing a great job building reading stamina and developing good "nose in the book" reading habits. Students are reading fiction titles of their choosing that are "just right books". Next week, students will be practicing strategies to track character change throughout their books and writing about it in their reading notebook.
We are starting to build our realistic fiction stories in writing....students are creating a main character who has a "desire" but also a "difficulty" in achieving that desire. Next week, we will be naming our characters and fleshing them out with "external traits" and "internal traits" which will help drive the storyline for each of our pieces.
We are starting our first science unit on Monday! Students will be learning about how electricity works and building electric circuits.
Finally, thanks to our parents who helped out at the Hatch Patch this past week....it was awesome! Here are some pictures from the week.